Chemistry on Esks offence

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

One’s got an arm that’s strong, the other is named Armstrong.

Quarterback Jared Zabransky and receiver Derick Armstrong connected on a 15-yard pass in the third quarter of last Saturday’s game that turned out to be the winning touchdown.

Armstrong’s first touchdown as an Eskimo put his side ahead 29-10 to open the second-half scoring. He went on to catch two more passes to finish with 39 yards

“In the short time he’s been here, he’s made a very big impact for us, not only catching the ball but being a presence and being a leader with the guys, really doing everything that we need him to do,” Zabranksy said. “I think he’s just generally a good guy and a good teammate and our new general manager is bringing in the guys that are helping us get to the place that we want to go to.

“He’s a big target and he’s got a bigger presence than he actually is, which is huge.”

In just his second game since joining the Eskimos, Armstrong is growing more productive each week.

“I want to be more of a part of it,” Armstrong said. “It’s one of those things that you get up for and this is an opportunity for our team to make the playoffs.

“I want to be a part of contributing with the offence.”

And so far, he’s 2-0 as an Eskimo.

“Everybody looks good, everybody has come together and everybody wants to make plays,” Armstrong said. “Everybody wants to get better. Chemistry just goes so far.”

In just one game, it appears he already found some of that chemistry with Zabransky, who will start in place of Ray again this week.

“We were very confident in him,” Armstrong said. “He talks to you in the huddle, he lets you know what you see and what he doesn’t. We just feed off that when I make plays for him.

“He’s a guy who has a lot of excitement in him and he was wanting to let it out. He was able to let it out, he played great football.”

Zabransky’s touchdown strike to Armstrong was his second aerial score of the game, as Armstrong went vertical to pull it down.

“He just know that if he puts it in my air then I can make a play on it. That’s one of my strengths and they know it so they just use it to the best of my ability,” Armstrong said. “That’s a play we worked on all week last week. We were able to call it in the zone where we wanted to call it.

“They gave me a chance to make a play and I made it.”

IN AND OUT: LG Kyle Koch remained on the sidelines for the third day in a row, making him doubtful for Saturday’s game. OL Kelly Bates was filling in. RB Daniel Porter took first-team reps and is probable, as are DTs Dario Romero and Adam Braidwood. CB Jason Goss was back at practice Thursday after missing Wednesday due to personal reasons.

gerry.moddejonge@sunmedia.ca


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